No laxity, compromise on anti-smuggling operation: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday resolved that the government would neither show any laxity nor make any compromise in its ongoing operation against smuggling owing to its two-pronged adverse economic impacts.
Chairing a meeting to discuss the anti-smuggling measures and prices of daily use items, the prime minister said the smuggling was a bane to the national economy for causing food insecurity and inflicting irreparable loss to the local industry, a PM Office statement said.
Industries Minister Hammad Azhar, National Food Security Minister Fakhar Imam, Finance Advisor Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Commerce Advisor Abdul Razzak Dawood, federal secretaries of interior, finance and food security, FBR Chairman, provincial chief secretaries, home secretaries and IG police attended the meeting.
The meeting was told that an ordinance had been promulgated to further strengthen the existing anti-smuggling law and strictly handle the elements involved in smuggling of currency and essential items.
Moreover, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have been empowered to act against smugglers at the airports as well as within five kilometers of the borders. The LEAs have also been given the powers to take such people into custody. Moreover, the ordinance would ensure a better coordination among the district administration, customs officials, secret agencies and LEAs.
The chairman FBR and provincial chief secretaries apprised the meeting on the measures taken so far for enforcement of anti-smuggling ordinance. – APP